A Kentucky man who stabbed his father with a pocket knife at a Baptist church service in February because he was touched by the sermon was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday, after pleading guilty but mentally ill.
Ethan Buckley, 21, told police that he had been having thoughts about killing his father, David Buckley, before he stabbed him in August 2016, according to the Associated Press. Ethan later told police he was “moved by the sermon and decided to kill his dad,” according to court records obtained by The Bowling Green Daily News.
When a pastor heard yelling coming from the aisles, he ran over to Ethan and held his arms behind his back.
Ethan later told police that “his father’s time here on earth was up because he had done a lot of good things in his life” and that he resented his father because he was “such a good person.”
David Buckley survived the assault with neck wounds — “seven scars and one broken heart,” he said at his son’s sentencing, the Daily News reported.
“I forgave Ethan in that ambulance,” David Buckley reportedly said. “I wanted him to hear that from me. It’s my wish that he’s able to get the help he needs and he’ll make something of his life.”
The judge presiding over the case agreed that prison life and mental health treatment would serve Ethan Buckley well.
“I know this is an extraordinarily emotional situation for a father and son, and I believe the resolution arrived at ... is a fair one,” Warren Circuit Judge John Grise reportedly said. “This will allow Mr. Buckley to get the type of attention I believe he needs.”
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